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• Crosville Motor Services of L iester, bought earlier this year by Drawlane Holdings, is being split up in a reorganisation of Drawlane's interests in the North-West.
The CMS fleet will be cut from 450 vehicles to just over 200; the company will be left with depots in Birkenhead, Chester and Northwich. The new managing director is Dawson Williams, a former shareholder in the Scottish stagecoach Group.
The Crewe and Etruria depots, with 30 vehicles, have transferred to Midland Red North. The Runcorn and Warrington depots with 80 buses lave moved to North Western, md the Manchester operations have gone to Bee Line Buzz.
Bee Line was acquired from Stagecoach last September. It ran Manchester services out of Glossop, Stockport and Manchester depots. The latest transfer adds 120 buses based at Macclesfield, Rochdale, Bredbury and Congleton to the Bee Line stable.
The moves are seen as a logical geographical distribution of Crosville assets to its sister companies. The greatest benefit will go to Bee Line, whose original services were losing money.
Well-established services in north Cheshire and lucrative contracts in the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive area should lift the burden off the South Manchester company.
The changes also consolidate Drawlane's position as the second largest operator to G M Buses, with over 500 vehicles.